From Robin. I Really Don’t Even Know How to Tell You This. Letter From Sara Rhodes/ Florida Bash Update

Friday Morning, March 29, 2019

Gem Of The Day: “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

—Psalm 61:2

My heart was broken this morning. To see what human beings can do to these precious creatures. The pain inflicted. The sorrow they feel.

But then came you.

You see, it occurred to me that while yesterday, Sara and her Team in the Chicago IL. area, took in some Bichons, a Bichon-Maltese and one Bichon Havanese, in the most horid of horid conditions, then came you. They all came in separately. As strays. Lord God have mercy.

Thank God for you. Thank God for Sara and her Team. From Sara Rhodes to you. Sara Rhoades <> wrote:

<“To the Small Paws Mailing List: 
 The craziness started yesterday ( while I was trying to work and Small Paws at the same time 😩) 
So we got three fluffs from CACC that we’re released early on medical because they are in such horrible shape ( I mean really bad!) Some days I just can’t grasp why people are so cruel.  And two more are coming in for a total of five at once. 
This male left the shelter early yesterday in medical. He is in horrific shape , as you can tell in this pics. His name is “Beamer” ❤️ because he will beam with all the love and care that Small Paws will give him! ( Thanks to Kathy and Tom Macpherson as they drove to Chicago on a last minutes notice!) Notice the dreadlocks on his poor little feet. Robin says this is a Bichon!
Now this poor baby girl, is only 4 lbs and 10 ounces.  She is estimated to be four years old. These pics of her legs and nails are the worst I have ever seen.  She has a wound in her leg, but can’t walk because of the condition she is in ! 
Her name is “Wren” ( because she is like a tiny little bird) Dr. Blasso estimates her around 4 years, very underweight ! 
“Wren” at CACC when we picked her up. Look at her front leg. 

This is Wrens leg from the back. It’s matted and infected and she can’t walk on it. 
                                       This is from Dr.Blasso. It’s Wren’s foot and nails. 💔

This little girl was hit by a car.  She is a stray and has been identified by a Southern Havanese Rescue as being a Bichon Havanese.🤔 She is estimated to be only one year old. She was released yesterday on medical as she has a broken pelvis ( The ischial tuberosity ) She is at our vet. Julie Lyne is taking her to see Dr Hayes, our orthopedic surgeon TODAY at 11:30 am.  
Dr. Blasso estimates her at maybe one year old. Her name is “Lola”. ❤️

This little nugget was a stray that went unclaimed. She looks young and happy.  
We named her 🌹 “Rosie”. Here is a happy Rosie leaving CACC. She will need all vetting. She is estimated to be 1-2 years old.
Ok , another hot mess ! She is still at CACC and needs to come into rescue!! She is estimated to be 3-4 years old. Very matted and neglected. Love that her new name will be “Bluebell”. We believe she is a Bichon Maltese Mix.
“Kate” needs to go to the veterinary dental clinic for evaluation, as she has a mouth and teeth infection that isn’t clearing up.  Julie Lyne is taking both “Kate” and “Theo” in April to the dental specialist which will be expensive! Kate is estimated at 5-6 years young 😀
This handsome boy is on stray hold and Small Paws has the hold.  If he is not reclaimed, he will come into rescue Sunday with “Bluebell”.  His name will be “Indigo Small Paws”!
So you can see why my heart was broken, but then came you.
We need massive help. You know we don’t ask for help when we have funds to pay our bills.
The Florida Suncoast Bichon Bash brought in about $5000.00. It’s been spent already, but thank God it was there to spend.

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first 25 days of February, 2019
coming to $24,970.01 which is an average of $998.80 per day

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first 26 days of March, 2019
coming to $12,269.38 which is an average of $471.89 per day

Many thanks to the recent Florida Bash Organizers, Calvin O’Bara, Vickie Inglee, (our Florida Team Leader,) Jackie and Rob Loftus, Jon Ochampaugh, our phenomenal Chef, Sean Gwynne, and the donors who all came out to help. Thank you all so much!

Ok, as thunder shakes our windows here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I am here, staring at the computer screen and praying that funds come in.

Even if we don’t need surgery for Lola’s broken pelvis (We won’t know until later this afternoon) due to the severity of this neglect and the injuries that followed this latest group, this is going to be expensive.

We will need around $9,000.00 for these latest 5. If Lola needs surgery for her broken pelvis, it will be more.

That’s not even including the dental specialist. Nor is it including the group in South Texas, under the direction of Team Leader, Karla Carter. I think almost every kiddo down there is Heartworm Positive. It’s to overwhelming to tell you about any more. Both for you and for me. Trust me. It’s overwhelming.

But then came you.

I will issue all matching donation challenges.

Then came you. All My Love, Robin

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